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Northwest Region Data

The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the state.  Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse James’ last home.  It also includes such gems as Amish Jamesport and sparkling Conception Abbey, Nodaway County.  Top industries include retail trade, farming, food services, and construction.

The regional average wage was $736 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2018.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2017 2016 Percent Difference
245.1 240.0 2.1%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2016 Income 2017 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2017
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Andrew County 17,350 $751,037,000 $42,782 $85,200,193
Atchison County 5,293 $242,517,000 $45,975 $77,327,383
Buchanan County 88,938 $3,364,798,000 $37,779 $1,416,501,715
Caldwell County 9,062 $319,600,000 $35,121 $51,620,227
Clinton County 20,610 $854,093,000 $41,554 $108,009,954
Daviess County 8,209 $284,512,000 $34,028 $61,102,841
Dekalb County 12,613 $342,847,000 $27,236 $136,909,927
Gentry County 6,661 $275,175,000 $41,287 $50,361,664
Grundy County 10,165 $333,373,000 $33,508 $84,817,088
Harrison County 8,556 $314,801,000 $36,931 $117,601,888
Holt County 4,448 $203,853,000 $46,194 $34,994,434
Linn County 12,164 $452,270,000 $37,090 $126,358,524
Livingston County 15,235 $576,728,000 $38,010 $225,882,503
Mercer County 3,699 $124,647,000 $33,890 $30,777,092
Nodaway County 22,670 $653,471,000 $29,079 $237,872,004
Putnam County 4,853 $166,908,000 $34,693 $38,633,175
Sullivan County 6,262 $242,259,000 $38,892 $43,055,201
Worth County 2,024 $74,537,000 $36,236 $13,657,165
Northwest Region Summary 258,812 $9,577,426,000 $37,027 $2,940,682,978



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics February 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 9,676 9,334 342 3.5%
Atchison County 2,730 2,635 95 3.5%
Buchanan County 44,485 42,913 1,572 3.5%
Caldwell County 4,387 4,216 171 3.9%
Clinton County 10,813 10,419 394 3.6%
Daviess County 4,048 3,866 182 4.5%
Dekalb County 4,817 4,628 189 3.9%
Gentry County 3,559 3,471 88 2.5%
Grundy County 4,421 4,247 174 3.9%
Harrison County 3,770 3,593 177 4.7%
Holt County 2,584 2,515 69 2.7%
Linn County 5,135 4,836 299 5.8%
Livingston County 7,515 7,271 244 3.2%
Mercer County 1,909 1,821 88 4.6%
Nodaway County 10,763 10,428 335 3.1%
Putnam County 2,430 2,329 101 4.2%
Sullivan County 2,891 2,768 123 4.3%
Worth County 1,177 1,146 31 2.6%
Northwest Region Summary 127,110 122,436 4,674 3.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 247 15,303 $191,934,971 $965 3.1%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,143 13,984 $143,038,255 $787 1.7%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 266 2,558 $25,342,508 $762 0.7%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 65 859 $3,426,905 $307 0.8%
22 - Utilities 36 676 $14,035,562 $1,597 8.3%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 39 630 $9,667,995 $1,180 0.2%
21 - Mining 15 171 $1,633,763 $735 3%
61 - Educational services 26 165 $761,435 $355 10.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 276 3,306 $52,575,629 $1,223 2.8%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 47 3,172 $44,488,966 $1,079 12.1%
624 - Social Assistance 769 2,903 $11,988,745 $318 8.8%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 155 1,935 $24,083,641 $957 5.4%
447 - Gasoline Stations 111 1,738 $9,379,555 $415 0.9%
333 - Machinery manufacturing 20 1,665 $19,411,255 $897 9%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 127 1,484 $13,851,540 $718 4.4%
444 - Building Material & Garden Supply Stores 98 1,303 $9,387,756 $554 0.1%
811 - Repair and Maintenance 223 898 $7,943,856 $681 3.9%
713 - Amusement, Gambling & Recreation Ind 47 768 $2,975,285 $298 0.5%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2017
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291067 - Surgeons NA $135.59 NA NA NA $282,028 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 270 $117.64 NA $89.7 NA $244,683 NA $186,582 NA
291021 - Dentists, General 80 $101.03 $94.86 $61.32 NA $210,136 $197,300 $127,539 NA
112021 - Marketing Managers 50 $75.43 $69.18 $55.96 $92.29 $156,897 $143,898 $116,397 $191,953
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 30 $66.26 $53.53 $44.57 $75.38 $137,827 $111,338 $92,702 $156,780
291051 - Pharmacists 210 $63.76 $63.67 $56.67 $71.94 $132,629 $132,443 $117,874 $149,637
111011 - Chief Executives 120 $62.87 $45.66 $23.99 $89.78 $130,765 $94,972 $49,898 $186,749
112022 - Sales Managers 80 $61.98 $55.43 $38.39 $76.88 $128,920 $115,293 $79,859 $159,906
119121 - Natural Sciences Managers 40 $60.39 $53.2 $30.27 $76.18 $125,603 $110,662 $62,956 $158,455
113031 - Financial Managers 140 $59.22 $49.45 $38.24 $68.13 $123,185 $102,860 $79,542 $141,703

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 7 10 3 42.9% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
512099 - Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 292 393 101 34.6% 15 54 - Above Average B+
212011 - Clergy 29 39 10 34.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 55 14 34.1% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 50 67 17 34% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
192032 - Materials Scientists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
291181 - Audiologists 6 8 2 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
535021 - Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A

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Consumer Price Index by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); all other tables produced by MERIC in cooperation with BLS.